Giant Orange cornered … ready to be squeezed … because Obstruction of Justice

 Giant Orange cornered ... ready to be squeezed ... because Obstruction of Justice

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Today there’s tactical spin and counter-spin over letter drafts which go to Trump’s intent to obstruct justice in the firing of James Comey,

This was a response to the claims made by Trump’s lawyers that the whole affair needs to go away because they have a lawyer who’s traded on his nominal relationship to a famous baseball player. Nice try boys, but Mueller seems to have the trump cards.

And like a fair-use troll, Trump tries to disguise his hate with a deflection. Lord Dampnut replies… Wow

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Mueller in response, lets the BS smolder in its flaming paper bag.

 Giant Orange cornered ... ready to be squeezed ... because Obstruction of Justice

Legal experts agree the president can fire the FBI director at will. That doesn’t mean Mr. Trump could act with impunity if his intention was to interfere with the FBI’s Russia investigation, some said. 

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As his lawyers make their arguments to Mr. Mueller, Mr. Trump has used his Twitter feed for what people familiar with the matter describe as an effort to persuade Americans that the investigation is unfair, and to minimize any political fallout in the 2018 midterm elections or his own re-election campaign two years later.

 Giant Orange cornered ... ready to be squeezed ... because Obstruction of Justice
The initial White House statement said Trump acted based on the recommendations from Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, but Trump himself told NBC on Thursday that he had already decided to fire Comey before meeting with them.
Mike Pence told reporters on Capitol Hill that the firing was not about the Russia investigations, but Trump told NBC he had the investigation in mind when he decided to fire Comey.
Kellyanne Conway said Comey’s firing had “zero to do” with the Russia investigation, but the White House timeline released the same day said that after watching Comey’s testimony about the Russia investigation, Trump was “strongly inclined” to remove him.
Sean Spicer said that the decision originated from Rosenstein, but Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump had already made the decision.
After Spicer, Conway, Pence, and Sanders provided Rosenstein’s letter as a key reason for, if not the entire basis of, Trump’s decision to fire Comey, Sanders said “I don’t think there was ever an attempt to pin the decision on the Deputy Attorney General.”
The White House’s use of Rosenstein’s letter as the reason Trump decided to fire Comey reportedly led Rosenstein to threaten to resign
thinkprogress.org/…

Because reasons…

Mr. Trump has given conflicting reasons as to why he dismissed Mr. Comey.

  • At first, he said it was in response to advice from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who had concluded in a memo for the president that Mr. Comey was an ineffective leader.
  • Two days after the firing, Mr. Trump told NBC News that the decision to fire Mr. Comey was his alone and that when he did it, “I said to myself, I said you know, this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made-up story, it’s an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should have won.”

The obstruction-related memo advanced other arguments beyond the matter of the president’s executive powers, citing case law that the lawyers believed buttressed the contention that Mr. Trump had not obstructed justice.

www.wsj.com/…

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